Seeing double in the Tony Awards nominations

While Trey Parker pulled off a rare triple play at the Tony Awards nominations, his co-helmer on “The Book of Mormon,” Casey Nicholaw, is one of four theaterfolk to pick up double nominations for direction and choreography.

Nicholaw has yet to win a Tony. He lost the choreography race in 2005 for “Spamalot” to Jerry Mitchell (“La Cage Aux Folles”) and again in 2006 for “The Drowsy Chaperone” to Kathleen Marshall (“The Pajama Game”). Both he and Marshall were bested for best director that year by John Doyle (“Sweeney Todd”).

Marshall, who had lost her first choreography bid in 2000 for “Kiss Me Kate,” won in 2004 for “Wonderful Town.” However, she lost her directing bid for that show to current Best Play Actor nominee Joe Mantello for his helming of “Assassins.” This year, she is a double nominee for “Anything Goes.”

Susan Stroman earned two of the 12 bids by “The Scottsboro Boys.” This is her fourth directing race. In 2000, she was a double directing nominee for “Contact” and “The Music Man” but lost to Michael Blakemore for “Kiss Me Kate.” She won this award in 2001 for “The Producers.” And she has four Tonys to show for her eight previous choreography nominations — “Crazy for You” (1992), “Show Boat” (1995), “Contact” (2000) and “The Producers” (2001).

Rob Ashford earned double bids for “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” This is his first directing nod and his sixth for choreography. He won the first of those back in 2002 for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and has contended since for “The Wedding Singer” (2006), “Curtains” (2007), “Cry-Baby” (2008) and “Promises, Promises” (2010). 

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